Patients should use OMNARIS Nasal Spray at regular intervals since its effectiveness depends on its regular use. In clinical trials, the onset of effect was seen within 24 to 48 hours with further symptomatic improvement observed over 1 to 2 weeks in seasonal allergic rhinitis and 5 weeks in perennial allergic rhinitis. Initial assessment of response should be made during this time frame and periodically until the patient's symptoms are stabilized. The patient should take the medication as directed and should not exceed the prescribed dosage. The patient should contact the physician if symptoms do not improve by a reasonable time or if the condition worsens.
1. Do NOT drink coffee or alcohol during your rehab. Both dehydrated me and clogged my nose NOTICEABLY after only a few minutes. Staying off both helped.
2. Drink water. Hydration is a GOOD thing.
3. Use the clear nasal strips – they are an absolute lifesaver. Remember, your nose is most likely NOT filled with mucus. It’s the tissues that have swollen, and pulling them open with those strips WORKS.
4. Remember that even when you are treating only one nostril, the other one is getting a little assist (at least that seems to have been the case for me). When I finally stopped using, my OTHER nostril went berserk.
5. One last thing that got me over the hump – I bought one of those menthol inhalers. These don’t really decongest you at all. But they do give you a little sensation in your nostril, which (at least for me) makes it seem as though you are getting some circulation in there. I didn’t go crazy on it – just used it on particularly bad times. Frequently, I would use it and after an hour or so, my nose would naturally unclog anyway.
6. Exercise. When you move around you get your adrenaline going, which will naturally decongest you a little. For me, it seemed to be climbing stairs.
Anonymous on 4/27, I can't comment on whether or not you should have the polyps surgically removed, but I'd certainly get a second (medical) opinion before going ahead with it. There are always trade-offs. For more information on balloon sinuplasty, check out my post and talk to your ENT.
Anonymous on 4/28, I'm sorry to hear that your first experience was so miserable! First I'd make sure that your recipe is correct (all the right ingredients in the right amounts). I'd also try irrigating with warm (not hot) saline - much more pleasant than cold. Finally, you might try a different method.
Here's how I do it now (and I've been doing it consistently, morning and evening, ever since I wrote the original post). Standing in front of a sink, I tilt my head backwards and gently squeeze the saline into one nostril until it feels about right (not too much or too little fluid). With my head still tilted backwards, I rock my head from side to side to "swish" the saline around my nasal cavity. Then I lean forward and gently expel the contents (out both nostrils) into the sink. Finally I blow my nose (again, being gentle is key) and wipe away any residual fluid.
BTW, I also add a small amount of mouthwash to my recipe because I like its scent, but I wouldn't recommend that to people with sensitive noses- it stings if you add too much.